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Recs. for Cheap Eats - Student new to S.F.

Hi!
Need recs. for a friend's son who just started college in S.F..

Cheap student budget.......any type of cuisine........Mexican, Chinese, Burgers, breakfast diners etc......
He has a car and does not mind driving for cheap eats.....

Attending San Francisco State.

Thanks!

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    1. No such thing as a free lunch..

      Well not true at Hard Knox Cafe in Dog Patch area. Located on 3rd street/22nd street. They offer free lunch on Thursdays. I was picking up my taxes from my CPA's office and noticed this place was very busy around 1:00 PM yesterday. I learned they do free lunches on Thursday, homemade style food- yesterday it was beef stew, cornbread and cucumber salad.

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      1. re: Lori SF

        Free lunch in the old sense that you have to buy a beer?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          it's lunch time and the MUNI drivers were in there so I would imagine you don't need to buy a beer.

      2. Same question was asked last month, so far it has 41 responses:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359937

        1. Mr. Chan's in Daly City is the perfect spot. Really, really cheap food that is actually good. $2.50 specials such as salt & spicy pork chop with egg fried rice. A big plate of chicken fried rice filled with lots of chicken is also $2.50. You get a bowl of soup for free if you eat there. It's not far from SF State, less than a 5 minute drive. It's on Mission several blocks for John Daly Blvd.

          Victor's Bakery on Taraval between 17th and 18th is great to pick up Chinese pastry for cheap. You can get a ham and egg bun for $0.75. One or two of those is good for breakfast. Get a few more if for lunch.

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            1. Sorry, but I wouldn't call Lo Cubano a cheap restaurant. Maybe there are items on the menu that aren't expensive, but I looked at their menu and remember thinking it was no great bargain.

              1. re: niki rothman

                I agree, it's relatively expensive for an espresso bar / cafe. For the $7 they charge for a sandwich you could get two banh mi.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  The student should start learning what neighborhoods tend not to have cheap restaurants - and that area, and north of there, is definitely among the more expensive in SF.